Sunday, November 15, 2009

Funky Door Process

Step 1: Interview process.... everyone gets an interview and a photo taken.

Step 2: Sketches and thumbnails. This is the daydreaming stage. It can be done at work, during yoga, on the train, driving, sleeping. The creative part.

Step 3: All boards get a watercolor layer of color. Very transparent to show off that groovy wood texture.
Step 4: Start the oil portrait part for at least some paintings. I worked 9 paintings all at once so I had to do them in groups and rotations. Great for getting a perspective on them... a little time away from a painting, even a few hours on another one, can really help get problems figured out. Here are some in various stages.
To get a better sense of that stage....
Step 5: The story! This is the part where I decided to use gouache instead of acrylic. Gulp... But in the end I liked it better. Mistakes are easier to work with and it had a better and faster application. The interview process in action.
Step 6: The varnish. The portrait was oil so I couldn't use the same varnish I used on the gouache. Tape 'em up. Take 'em up on the roof and spray. The sun was on my side that day.

Step 7: Frames frames frames. It takes longer than you think. Especially when you've never frames wood before! Thank goodness to my OSH days when I was obsessed with buying tools. They really came in handy.

Step 8: Hang them and enjoy with new and old friends at Funky Door!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Stay tuned.....

Ok guys! This especially goes out to Simon for being on top of me about posting my new work. I have been taking process photos as I work and have been really busy working on 9 new pieces. I started the paintings October 1st and finished Nov. 10th. I've been busy busy busy! I WILL post the new paintings on my website and the process on this blog on November 17th.

Save the date for Nov 17th for those of you who are anxious.

You can see these paintings early and in person if you like as they are going to be exhibited at Funky Door Yoga at Polk and Pine in San Francisco. They will be up Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. While you're there.... do some yoga!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Finished and framed

Ta Da!
This is simply an iPhone pictured sent by a friend, since I didn't have a camera handy. IAs soon as I get a better picture, I will post it up. PS- The newly weds loved it!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Still Going...

OK, so this project has turned into something grander! I finished the painting by adding some last minute compositional enhancements, otherwise known as waves.

As some of you might already know, I am engaged now to a very talented and super creative, wonderfully rounded artist, Roberto Romo Lopez. YAY! Our journey has been a grand one and our union always manifests itself in our art projects. I wanted to make a frame to finish off my sister's gift. He heard my idea and said what he always says with a gleam in his eyes, "I'll help you. It'll come out NICE!"

I envisioned a funky Mexican metal frame very similar to papel picado. Alone I would have made a GOOD frame. But with his help, together we are making a GREAT frame. Here is our process.....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Slowly but Surely

I've been slowly working on this piece for my sister and its finally coming together. Some last minute touches and a quick rethinking of some compositional elements and I'm finally done. I'll post the finished version as soon as I finish.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


I'm finally getting back into the illustration game! No more excuses. My priorities are back in check and here is a sketch for my next illustration.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Faces in Color Pencil

I took the pencils to a workshop and did some sketches and had so much fun I went home and drew this random model from a magazine... with a lot of very major changes to a lot of her. I guess I'm feeling a little bit more feminine lately. Its coming out in my drawings.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Some Friends in Crayon

Some of these guys you might recognize. A cookie if you know who they are...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Back to Crayola

I found some old Crayola sketches from quick study workshops in February and early March and I decided to go back to the basics. The thing about Crayons is that it loosens me up. The tip gets blunt quickly so I focus on gesture to make my drawing read. I can also get soft and hard lines, tone and massing quite quickly without worrying about being too neat. I took my Crayons to a workshop last Sunday and I re-realized all this all over again. So much fun.